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About pipnina

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  • Birthday 1998-02-15

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  • CPU
    [2012: I5 2500k] [2016: 6700K]
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z170-HD3
  • RAM
    40GB (+8 that won't fit because of my cooler :sadface:
  • GPU
    [2012: 560ti] [2013: 670] [2016: 1070]
  • Case
    [2012: Thermaltake element S] [2016: Fractal Design R4]
  • Storage
    2TB Samsung SSD + 1TB Samsung SSD + 2TB Toshiba HDD. (Linux/Win10/Win7)
  • PSU
  • Display(s)
  • Cooling
    Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
  • Keyboard
    One that came with my windows 98 PC
  • Mouse
    Logitech G700s
  • Operating System
    Linux (Kubuntu LTS) / Win10 / Win7 (RIP)

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  1. From the post title, I thought "They aren't seriously making a medium format camera??? No way that's become cheap enough!" It still looks cool though.
  2. In a relatively recent WAN show Linus was talking about how unusually well even 3 year old graphics cards were retaining value due to nvidia's dominance and just bumping the price up with the 20 series and 20s series. But I was in a minecraft server the other night and someone with a 3000 series Intel CPU (Ivy Bridge 3340s) was trying to find a replacement for under $250. I said "Well you're gonna need new RAM, Mobo, AND CPU because after 2016 DDR4 took over', but I also said he might have luck going to a used i7 from the same generation, so I looked it up and... Used i7-3770ks... On Ebay... For 120GBP????? WHAT? It's a 7 YEAR old chip and it has only depreciated in value to only just below half it's MSRP. Sure, he'd possibly (?) still be quite well off making that switch since compared to his 3340s it has FAR better clock speeds, hyperthreading and presumably some leeway with light overclocking on the stock cooler too. Certainly a lot cheaper than having to buy all new kit, but still, how can such an ancient chip be worth so much? I got my brother a 6GB GTX 1060 (aftermarket OC one) for a similar price to what those i7s are going for. I knew the CPU market had stagnated somewhat, but damn, I remember my brother needing a new PC back in 2012 because he was using the 3.00GHz 775 socket Pentium 4, and he could have gotten a pretty decent Core 2 Duo as an upgrade on that same socket for like 75GBP, a far better perf/pound than what this guy on minecraft is faced with whatever he does.
  3. @porina @Eschew I ended up buying the one from the link in my above reply, thanks for both of your help in this Can't wait to try it out, the keyboard is the only part of my system that is antiquated at the moment.
  4. https://www.keyboardco.com/keyboard/uk-va88m-charcoal-pbt-backlit-tactile-keyboard.asp This one seems quite nice, looks really good, although a little expensive. I notice a LOT of keyboard models seem to be sold out at the moment (maybe covid related?) What do you guys think?
  5. I'm looking for one without the numpad if possible. Trying to reclaim some desk space. Thanks for your help
  6. If they often put US model photos on UK model board listings that could explain why I am struggling... Aha, I looked on scan, novatech and amazon, but I forgot about overclockers and didn't know about mechboards or TKC. I'm looking through overclockers and they seem to have a pretty nice variety, thanks!
  7. I have been looking for a full size UK-format keyboard with brown switches, but like 90% of the ones that come up when I search for MX brown are in american format, with no £ symbol, and with the thin and wide return key. I've put off buying a keyboard for a long time but really need something new because my current one is too big and bulky. I might not be able to find a suitable replacement though if the UK format is dying off for mechanical and gaming boards. I gotta replace my RT9410 with something though, it's uggo, loud, and chonk. Anyone know of a good brown keyboard that's available in the UK small format? (i.e. large enter key but no numpad) I can go over £100 for a nice one. Something that could last me another 20 years like the RT would be lit. Kinda surprised there isn't a pinned thread for choice keyboards on this forum, since there is an über-detailed one for PSUs.
  8. So I've been using this Microsoft RT9410 for as long as I can remember. It's loud AF, dirty, and the keys are wobbly and the cable gets in the way. I am most certainly due to get something new. I don't know what you guys might suggest, but ideally I am looking for something quiet but still gives feedback, maybe is easy to clean but does not need any software to configure macros/rgb. Wireless would be a bonus, but ideally if it is, then chargable wireless that could be plugged in over night like my Logitech mouse would be LIT. This RT9410 is a membrane keyboard, but while this is comfortable I have had brief uses of mechanicals in shops and they feel kinda nice. But whatever kind of keys my new one has, it has to be "deep pan". Also I do appreciate the irony of me having £1000GBP of monitors while also having a PS/2 keyboard from the Win98 era. I almost don't want to get rid of it because of how weird it is. Anyone else still using ancient keyboards on modern rigs? Thanks
  9. Honestly all this is why I wouldn't even consider de-lidding unless I had practiced on junk CPUs prior (like the ones you can get from ebay for like £5), and would still have a PC to use if it went tits up. How much benefit can you even get from this, isn't the IHS supposed to help cooling by providing a wide contact area? If it reduces heat transmission by any appreciable amount, wouldn't they make the lids out of copper instead?
  10. I recently moved my brother's PC into a new case (GPU upgrade wouldn't fit in his old one) and it made me realise how poorly the computer shop stuck it together in the first place.

    He always complained his PC was loud, and remarked at mine (self built) being quiet. I thought "well, your case is a cheapo and probably full of dust, mine is a clean R4 with sound proofing". But turns out the computer shop just plugged his case's 100mm fan directly into the PSU via 4-pin molex. It was always running at full speed.

    Also the whole experience has made me want to build more PCs.

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  11. So the ryzen 3800x has near enough the same single thread performance as my overclocked 6700k, I wonder if zen 3 will make an appreciable difference there. It's one thing to get more than twice the performance in highly threaded situations but side stepping on single core perf after 4 years is a bit naff.

  12. That does look like a decent option actually. I didn't know the 3GB and 6GB models actually had different dies as well. I might well that that for my bro. Thanks 70fps is definitely playable. He's on a 750ti at the moment and runs most games like DotA2 on medium, or Total War: Warhammer 2 on low.
  13. My brother's birthday is coming up and I was stuck on what to get him. But I saw a GTX 1060 3GB for £115 in our local CEX which seems like a decent deal in principle since his current GPU is a 750Ti (looking at benches, the 1060 would be possibly 2-3x as fast? Despite the risks of buying hardware like GPUs second hand, some googling shows CEX is better than I thought at honouring their hardware warranties and at testing the stuff they bring in. And now that crypto mining is long since dead I don't know if I need to worry about it being over-worked to the same degree as a few years ago. But the main sticking point is that VRAM pool. Is 3GB enough to get by on these days? The amount of VRAM in graphics cards seemed to go from zero to hero between 2013 and 2016 (GTX670 with 2GB, to 1070 with 8GB) so while this card still has 1GB more than he has already, I don't know if he might still hit a limit for it in a lot of games give the card is more than twice as fast, but only has 50% more memory? Is there maybe a better card that I could even buy new for this price range? Is buying a second hand GPU even a reasonable risk?
  14. I was talking in the form of individuals anyway, I fully understand why many businesses will have and want adobe or autocad or solidworks or even MS Office, but IMO, on personal machines, the number of people who need that kind of software is rather small for the amount of complaints about their absence I hear. Unfortunately though, I think if Valve gets the gaming crowd to move over, it is possible that nothing will change on this front. Professional use drives those specialist programs and professionals won't have games on their workstations most likely, and I think where gamers and specialist programs overlap, you mostly find students, who use your software without paying much if anything anyway. Computing is a very unfortunately "All or nothing" industry. One company makes a hit product and if it takes more than a few months for competition to put out something the same or better, it will flop as the customers will already have settled, and for them the cost of moving outweighs any potential benefits, and even if a solution is better, nobody wants to be the first to shoulder the cost.